Date lodged: 12 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what its preferred method is for managing the interaction of beaver and high-density deer populations in riparian woodland areas.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 23 March 2018
There is no preferred method of managing the interaction of beaver and deer populations in riparian woodland areas and all available tools should be utilised.
It is the Scottish Government’s intention to ensure that high-density deer populations, where they exist, are managed through the delivery of ‘Scotland’s Wild Deer: A National Approach’ (WDNA). The WDNA and close working between Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage will seek to ensure, insofar as is possible, that biodiversity and other public benefits from the presence of beavers in relation to valuable riparian woodland are realised.